DALLAS, Texas - Paul Maurice was right when he said these divisional games had a different feel to them.
We're certainly not in 'must-win' territory just yet, but you could definitely sense the added pressure to perform in this critical October affair.
The Jets, having lost three of their first five to start the young season, were facing an injury-riddled Stars team in the opening end of a home-and-home series, and were eager to show they would be no easy beat in the stout Central Division this year.
With each of their next three - including two on the road - being played against divisional opponents, it was an opportunity to make a statement, of sorts, and keep pace before embarking on their most difficult stretch of the season.
They did that, but the result didn't fall their way.
The Jets were in control for much of the night, resulting in one of the better performances of the season so far, but on the strength of 28 saves from goaltender Antti Niemi, the Stars prevailed 3-2.